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  1. Hello, I'm back (if anyone remembers Blacky; I've now had him 11 years!!), in a bit of a sticky situation. History: 2018 Blacky got a small piece of gravel lodged in his nostril which never came out It never caused an issue so just left it there In the last week/2 I feel like he has either gotten another small piece of gravel lodged in the same nostril OR the same piece has moved a bit, it is hard to tell, which I believe has led to the current situation Recently: Last week Blacky was a bit off colour and had a slight white tinge to the gravel nostril so I treated him from the 11th-13th Sep 2020 with the standard dose esha2000 as a broad treatment, whilst being mindful of goldfish's copper sensitivity. After a nearly 100% water change on the 14th he was acting a lot better in himself. Today on the 17th, he again looks a bit off, his dorsal fin is floppier etc. and he also has a lot of mucopurulent looking discharge now coming out of gravel nostril (thinking back I have actually been seeing this in the tank for around a month during water changes but just disregarded it a bit as he has been fine and potentially just stringy poops from times of low food passage). I'm not really sure if it is infected or just irritated, but due to the white discharge would lean towards infected. I presume this is due to local irritation from the lodged bits of gravel (which you now can't see due to the discharge). I don't really know what to do here, and just looking for advice or anyone that has been in a similar situation? My current thoughts are: 1. Try to suction the discharge and gravel pieces out with a piece of airline tubing. However restraining him will be a challenge and very stressful for him as he is a very big fish now. 2. Anaesthetise with clove oil and use a bobby pin sort of instrument (sterilised beforehand) to remove the gravel pieces (if possible not doing this as I would be a nervous wreck and would hate to accidentally do anything completely wrong) And then treat with esha2000 again as a preventative for infection/help heal current infection 3. Or just do another round of esha2000 and hope that resolves it without needing to remove the gravel pieces. I would really appreciate any advice I love this boy to bits, he's my best friend. Thank you in advance I will test my water now and update the post accordingly but I don't think this is a water quality issue. Photos/videos attached. Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level(Tank) Nitrite Level(Tank) Nitrate level(Tank) Ammonia Level(Tap) Nitrite Level(Tap) Nitrate level(Tap) Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops (NB out of date) Water temperature? Room temperature Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 24 US gallons, roughly 7-8 years What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval U2, 400L/hr How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly-biweekly - 80-90% How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? - 14th Sep (3 days ago) 80-90% How many fish in the tank and their size? 1, length of hand (no tail) What kind of water additives or conditioners? Fluval aqua plus water conditioner only What do you feed your fish and how often? Repashy soilent green, everyday Any new fish added to the tank? No Any medications added to the tank? esha2000 11th-13th Sep List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Within last 2 years nothing else Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? White mucupurluent discharge from affected nostril. A few odd whiter patches on body but he does go through phases of a few marks etc. Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Not himself, dorsal fin a bit floppier. Still eating and swimming
  2. Hey guys I found some pretty cool gravel and I just wanted to know If you guys think it would be ok to have in a goldfish tank I love this gravel :heart And if not that gravel could this one work? Here the links to the websites for them. http://www.livefish.com.au/plants/gravel-and-sand/amethyst-500g-box.html http://www.livefish.com.au/plants/gravel-and-sand/quartz-gravel-diamond-black-1kg.html The top one is black quartz (yes REAL quartz) And they other one Is amethyst gravel. CRYSTAL GRAVEL!!! How awesome
  3. I'm finally going out today to look at different substrates. I am not totally sold on sand at this point because it will be a royal pita to remove it if I don't like it. I don't want traditional gravel either as it can be such a mess. I have spent some time online on CaribSea's website and I'm intrigued by peace river which is 1-2mm, and I like the natural color and look of this, or possibly torpedo beach which is .5-2mm. They seem to be kinda in the middle between sand and gravel. I like the fact that they are under 3mm so they won't be a choking hazard and as a very light layer 1/8 to 1/4 inch will give them something to poke through. I probably won't even put it on the whole floor as they tend to sleep on the floor, (unless it is soft I suppose.) Just wondering if anyone here has them and what they think, or if any handy photos?
  4. how normal is it for fish to spend ridiculous amounts of time sifting through the substrate (grave, sand, etc.)?
  5. So I started removing gravel today and a cloud a brown came up so glad I'm going bare bottom.I believe it will take me about three weeks, of removing it to get it completely bare. , and I was wondering how can I make my intake lower to the bottom of the tank.
  6. I was wondering how long should I wait before I remove more aquarium gravel from my tank
  7. I bought some gravel from my local aquarium store and i cleaned it a lot over 2 days as it was making the water very yellow but finally it seemed like it was clean so i put it in my tank and i woke up this morning to a yellow tank water and i dont know what to do. I thaught about going back to the store and asking them about it but i am unable to at the moment so i was wondering if anyone knows what is happening and how i can solve this problem?
  8. Hi folks!!! I've been recently given what I was told was a 120 gallon tank. TOTALLY old school, i.e., chrome banding on all edges and chrome top. This tank is at least 30 years old if a day! However, one does not look a gift tank in the mouth. The tank dimensions are 16"w x 22"t x 63"L. A friend said that it actually calculated out to 87 gallons which sounds like an odd number to me but maybe this was originally custom made I cleaned and rinsed the tank to within an inch of it's life with vinegar and baking soda to remove the deposits, filled it with water and let it sit and cycle for a week before I added my fishies Right now it is bare bottom with 3 large rocks that it came with. The former owner also gave me all "gravel" which looks lke the large stones used in landscaping as ground cover. Having said THAT, here's my question. It is my desire to turn this into a planted aquarium and I REALLY want to do black sand. However, the chrome banding is 2 inches all around, i.e., top, sides and bottom. Which means if I even want the sand to be visible I would have to bring it to the level of the chrome banding. I was thinking of using the original stone first as a bottom layer/filler and then adding the sand on top? Is this feasible? Anyone have any suggestions? Or am I just SOL? Thanks a bunch! FishyMom
  9. OK, after hours of searching the forums, I have concluded that the general approach to substrate is "all in the eye of the beholder." Some love gravel, some can't live without bare and others die by sand! I have always sported black or natural gravel in my tanks and recently gave-in to a bare bottom set-up for my 46 bow in attempt to control my otherwise out-of-control nitrates. After a month, the nitrates are so-so, but I am already wishing I had my gravel back. The bare bottom is easy to clean, but looks incomplete in my opinion. I am now to the point where I will either put the gravel BACK in the tank, or switch to a thin layer of Tahitian Moon Sand (TMS). The gravel scares me from a choking stand point and bacteria trap, but the maintenance involved with sand turns me off as well, as there seem to be conflicting reports about the ease of TMS clean-up. My topics of discussion: How difficult is a TMS set-up AND is it safe for Goldies of all sizes? How much is enough or too much?? (1/4" or 1/2" or more??) Finally, (unrelated) I have a large chunk of driftwood in the tank that may be the culprit with my nitrate issues. General thoughts on driftwood with Goldies?? Any other comments or suggestions are welcome as well! Thanks!
  10. I'm trying to plan for what type of aquarium set up I want. Pros and cons? For those that have tried both bare bottom and gravel/sand, have you noticed any difference in your fishes' behavior? I've read that the reflective bottom can be stressful for some fish is this true of goldfish? I would think that a bare bottom would be easier to clean. And while I haven't tried sand before in an aquarium, I would think that it would be the 2nd easiest to clean since there are less cracks for debris to fall in. Thanks in advance. Sorry if this has been posted once already.
  11. Today, while eating part of a pea, Bernadette, in her excitement, apparently grabbed a piece of gravel. She couldn't get it out of her mouth, so I reached to get her, which luckily scared her into spitting out the gravel piece and some pea she had shoved in after that. Whew. That made me rethink having medium sized gravel. The fish really enjoy playing with it, but it's not worth it if one is going to choke on a piece when I'm not there to help. I want to replace the gravel and add a bunch of 1" river rocks, but don't want to slow down my cycling too much. What's the best way to go about this? Taking out a handful of gravel a day?
  12. Sorry I post so often, but I recently removed the grave in my tank, so now its barebottom. It looks pretty, and I love how easy it is to clean!!! However, I am starting to feel kinda guilty for removing the gravel that my fishies enjoyed playing with so much. They were always picking it up and having a bunch of fun!!! Do you think they miss it? It it mean to not have some form of entertainment in there. Is there any kind of home-made toy or something that my fish might enjoy? thanks! -Mandie
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